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Wednesday, October 15, 2003
 
I learned from Donald Sensing that another retired general, Dennis Reimer, has been critical of Wes Clark.

Retired Gen. Dennis Reimer, a former Army chief of staff, describes Clark as an intelligent, ``hardworking, ambitious individual who really applies himself hard.''

But, Reimer said, ``Some of us were concerned about the fact that he was focused too much upward and not down on the soldiers. I've always believed you ought to be looking down toward your soldiers and not up at how to please your boss. ... I just didn't see enough of that in Wes.''

A differing viewpoint can be found at Veterans for Clark:

T. Ryan
Rank – SSgt, USMC
City – Boston, Ma
80-84 87-2003

Comments - Prior to joining the Marines I was a 17 year old Soldier in the 1st Bn 77th Armor 4th ID. Then LtCol Clark was my Bn Commander. I can honestly say he was top notch, very well respected by Enlisted and Officers a like and lerned a lifetime of respect from myself. A true Soldiers Soldier. Thanks for everything Sir and Semper Fidelis.

TRIPLETT, TAMMI
Rank - SGT/E5 , ARMY
1988-1996

Comments - I was at the NTC while Gen. Clark was the post commander. I admired him them for holding townhall meetings so that he could hear the concerns of the entire community. He was concerned for us then and I believe that he is concerned for us now.

Forrest (Bill) Hilbish
CW04 (Retired)
US Navy
Mogadore, Ohio
1975-1999

Comments - I worked for General Clark while stationed at SCJ6 Current Operations Branch for USSOUTHCOM in Panama. He was an excellent leader and commander. My wife was impressed by the fact that even though there were hundreds of officers working for him, he knew both of our names. He replaced General Barry McCaffrey (Drug Czar for Clinton). I am a Republican but I would vote for the "ONE" Democrat. Good luck General...

Sam Closkey
Rank - LTC - Army
City - Palm City, FL
1966-1986

I worked with General Clark at the National Training Center. I always thought he would be an excellent president. He was the easiest guy to work for, smart, appreciative, confident and he really cared about people. I am a registered republican, but he's got my vote. How can I help?

Joyce Elaine Gowey (Sanbowers)
Rank - SSG/E-6 - Army
City - Bedford, PA
1973-1988


I worked for Wes Clark at NTC Ft Irwin, CA 1985-1988.
I would like information on how I can help (work for) him to become our President.
I will return home on 1 Oct and would like to work in the Altoona PA, Cumberland, MD
area for him. I now hold a BS in Sociology, and would be willing to work campaign
in this geographic area, western MD and the tri-state are of PA, MD, WV I look
forward to hearing from someone. Joyce


By the end of his career, Wes Clark had a very large number of people under his command and a very small group above him. If he was indeed unconcerned with the welfare of those he commanded, why aren't we hearing it from them? If Clark was obsessed, as some claim, with buttering up those above him in rank, why is it that criticisms seem to come precisely from those officers - officers who are known to have opposed the policy, that Clark supported successfully, of increased US involvement to end the disaster in the former Yugoslavia?



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